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The Prickly Post

The Prickly Post

Here at Xander we love cacti. They seem to be the only house plants we are able to keep alive longer than a week, all they need is a little sunshine and water, other than that they are not too fussy.

The little fella above lives in our kitchen with a few friends, we call him spike.

Five cool cacti facts below:

1) Cacti come in all shapes and sizes.  Some of the more interesting ones take the shapes of chandeliers, curled snakes,  starfish, and wrinkled human faces.

2) Peyoti – Heard of it?  Peyotl (Lophophora williamsii), was chewed by Aztecs for its hallucinogenic properties and allowed the shamen to enter into a trance.

3) If in need, it is true that cacti juice can be drank to keep hydrated….but also their thorns can be sterilized with fire and used as sutures.

4) Cacti are generally really easy to propagate…just snap off a part or an existing plant and let it dry or callus for a few days or weeks then plant, the dry end will readily root into a new plant.

5) Except for the genus Rhipsalis which is indigenous to tropical Americas and Africa, the cactus family is exclusively New World  (that is North and South America) in origin.

Our New Business Cards

Our New Business Cards

Check out our great new business cards. Printing is by Moo and images courtesy of unsplash.

unsplash is a great resource for beautiful high resolution Images that are completely free of charge. Most of the photography on our website has come from unsplash, so it was a natural progression to use some of the images on our business cards.

We decided to mix things up and go with five different card reverses, each image is great on its own, but stronger as a set. We hope to start giving these out to clients in the New Year.